The Life Cycle of Salmon

I enjoyed the short clip we viewed in class concerning the life cycle of the Salmon that populate the rivers of Alaska. I appreciated how the entire video had no narration, yet still explained the complicated and somewhat tragic life cycle of the fish. The video also communicated a harsh and unchanging truth; Nature has no sympathy for any animal, and that the environment will take its course on every living being on this earth, whether we view it positively or negatively. Nature is truly the most unbiased force on the earth, and this clip illustrates this.

Salmon who swim through the waterways of Alaska have a short and simple life: come into the world, feed and survive, migrate up stream to lay the next generation’s eggs, and then slowly die. Essentially, the purpose of the salmon is to lay eggs. They serve no personal purpose, but rather provide for the ecosystem by dying. Many of the eggs are utilized to feed birds in the surrounding areas, and the rotting fish carcasses are often discovered and dragged into he woods. There, they are decomposed by maggots and other insects, contributing to quality of the soil and earth in the forest. Without this decomposition, the environment might behave in a different way, negatively impacting the ecosystem. Tragic as we may believe it to be, the salmon’s continuous lifecycle of constant death greatly benefits the environment. I remember discussing in class that for some reason bears were no longer dragging the fish carcasses into the forest, and it had a negative impact on the wildlife in the surrounding area. Humans actually brought carcasses and placed them in the wilderness where the bears would not.

When observing this video about the life cycle of salmon, it is possible to draw various parallels between fish and humans. Many may believe we serve a more complicated and in-depth purpose while living, but in reality, we live and die, contributing to the ecosystem like every other animal.

When observing this video about the life cycle of salmon, it is possible to draw various parallels between fish and humans. Many may believe we serve a more complicated and in-depth purpose while living, but in reality, we live and die, contributing to the ecosystem like every other animal.

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